Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Well Said: Bad Religion and Bubbles of Protection

This quote has been coming to mind repeatedly as one violent act after another are committed upon innocents. Combined with the feeling of chaos that the upcoming election brings, I am emotionally reeling. This gives me much needed perspective. He is with us through everything.
Only bad religion promises that if you pray enough, give enough or serve enough, God will put a bubble of protection around you ... That’s what got virgins thrown into volcanoes and it’s what gets TV preachers rich. It’s still a lie, though, no matter how loudly or piously you say it.

What good religion teaches instead is that there is a Power at work in the world that is greater than the power of the world. It’s a power that renews and restores. It heals ... It gives life ...
George Mason, Lakewood Advocate
The Lakewood Advocate is a free neighborhood magazine which is interesting and informative enough that I look forward to receiving it on my doorknob each month. I never miss George Mason's column. He's the pastor of Wilshire Baptist Church which is only a few blocks away from my house.

As Tom says, this man preaches to every Christian with his common sense, sensitivity, and understanding of living Christian faith. Believe me when I say that Tom doesn't bestow that praise lightly or often.

Click through and read the whole piece for a sample of why we like him so much.

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